“A day full of energizing, metabolism boosting foods”
Dessert: Green Tea infused dried fruit over vanilla flavored Greek Yogurt
Dinner: Roasted Chicken w/tangy apricots
Salad: Grapefruit and Avocado Salad
Lunch: Spicy Red Lentil Soup
Breakfast: Apple and Cinnamon Spiced Oatmeal
Christmas Pudding with Hard sauce
¼ cup molasses 1 tbsp. butter (room temp.)
3 ½ cups fresh white bread crumbs 3 eggs, beaten
1 cup all-purpose flour ½ cup shortening or beef suet
2/3 cup amber or stout beer Juice and zest of a small orange
1 granny smith apple (coarsely grated) ½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
½ cup candied mixed fruit (or diced dried fruit such as pineapple, pears, apples, and plums)
3 cups raisins (golden, currants or seedless raisins) ¼ cup slivered almonds
1 cup sugar Cheese cloth
Holly sprig, for garnish (optional) Hard Sauce, recipe follows
Combine all the Wet ingredients in a mixing bowl. Next, combine the Dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients. Mix in candied fruit and raisins and add to batter.
Pour onto thick layered cheese cloth wrap and steam pudding using a pan for steaming vegetables. Place the wrapped mix onto the steamer. Fill the pot with water that comes just below the halfway mark. Cover and steam for 1 ½-2 hours, checking occasionally to make sure water hasn’t boiled out. Let cool for 8 minutes on a rack before turning out. Serve with a sprig of holly and hard sauce.
1/4 pound butter 1 cup sugar 1 pinch salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1-ounce brandy or rum
Beat all ingredients together until very well combined. Serve with the warm pudding.
Serves 12 people
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- Pasta & Chard Soup
- Chicken and White Bean Cassoulet
- Raw Squash Salad with Raisins and Ginger
Delicious Christmas Pudding for desert!
Go to www.cooking-4-life.com to register for this gourmet cooking class.
Saturday December 10th from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon.
The Fall Line
When skiing, one of the keys to effortless turning is to keep your skis in the “fall line.” This means keeping them pointed downhill and using the power of momentum to make the turns. When you are enjoying this rhythm, you are “in the zone.” As soon as your head gets in the way and you attempt to control gravity by turning your skis uphill, personal effort and strength are required. This creates a lot more work and produces more awkward movement as you attempt to turn from such a sloweddown or stopped position.
When you attempt to get things going, putting together deals or wanting to make contacts, and your creative effort just doesn’t seem to be getting you anywhere, that’s what it’s like trying to make turns without momentum. You have to get back into the fall line. When you are in the flow of life, decisions become clear and life moves swiftly, bringing the right circumstances, people, and funding effortlessly to you. This is what it is like to go with the Power of the natural, gravitational flow of Life.
Where have you allowed your fears to pull you out of the flow?